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murder in the south, six people dead. two crime scenes. what happened? investigators tell us live moments from now. fact or fiction? police in florida in the florida panhandle investigating raging rumors, trying to get to the truth about the murder of a couple in florida. the sheriff also will speak tonight. out for a stroll, we're taking to you the international space station for a live walk with the astronauts. and anchorman, the original one, passes away. we pay tribute to about icon who guided all of us through some of the biggest news stories ever and. and that's the way it is.
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hello, i'm dom lemon. breaking news on the tennessee/alabama border. two crime scene, one in each state. we're hearing that local reports say that police have someone in custody. you're seeing live pictures now from lincoln county, tennessee, where we're expecting the sheriff a -- in a little bit you'll see those pictures, to hold a news conference at any moment we'll bring that to you live. you're not going to miss any of the details. meantime in pensacola, florida, detarls emerging be at patrick gonzalez jr., she a key suspect in the killing of byrd and melanie billings. here's cnn's david mattingly. >> reporter: as the people who knew them best gathered to mourn the violent deaths of byrd and
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melanie billings. the family attorney made an announcement. >> as a result of the intense speculation regarding the motive of the crime, i have been authorized to tell you that the safe that was removed from the billings home contained only children's prescription medications, important family documents, and some jewelry of sentimental value. >> reporter: going public with the items locked in the billings stolen safe was a surprised departure from law enforcement's refusal to comment on evidence. sheriff david morgan explained the safe's contents had not been made public because that information was valuable when questioning suspects. >> we are very concerned about any misstep that we may take or that we may make that would jeopardize the successful prosecution of the individuals that we currently have in custody. >> reporter: the sheriff confirms the stolen safe was buried under a pile of bricks and recovered from the backyard of a home owned by pamela long
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wiggins, she was the eighth arrest in the case and the only one to be released on bond. wiggins is described as a friend of the alleged organizer of the deadly robbery, whose past continues to yield allegations of violence. seven years ago, his now ex-wife claimed in a restraining order that gonzalez had slapped her, kicked her and burned her with cigarettes. she said he once threatened her saying "i will mangle your body and shoot you in the face." gonzalez denied the allegations and now says he is innocent in this double homicide. authorities say they believe they have recovered the murder weapon, but they won't say if they believe it was gonzalez who pulled the trigger. meanwhile, a solemn but touching ceremony as a couple known for their devotion to children with special needs is laid to rest. >> as albert einstein said our death is not an end if we can live on in our children.
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byrd and melanie will live on in our hearts forever. >> reporter: so may the lingering question about this case. why did this couple have to die? david mattingly, cnn, pensacola. now back to our top story here on cnn, the developing news out of tennessee, we want to go to a news conference we told you about happening right now. >> in a serious situation, once we determine it, exactly what it is, we back out and start processing the scene from the outside in. and that's what's taking place. >> you say you have a suspect, did they turn themselves in or did you find them? >> i'm not going to elaborate on our suspect. we do have one person in custody? s. there any danger to the general public? >> no, we do not believe the general public is in any danger. >> any charges filed? >> not at this time. >> any weapons found on -- >> that's a part of the investigation. >> you said you never experienced something like this
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before. >> as far as i know, we've never had five victims in one crime in lincoln county. >> when he came in, was there any kind of incident? did he come directly to you guys? >> i'm not going to elaborate on how this has all transpired. i can't give you that information. >> circumstance how soon do you think it will be before you can start -- >> it will probably be early in the morning. we're probably going to be here all night. may probably be tomorrow sometime before we can give you the identification of the victims. >> can you confirm or give us addresses, the location of the crime scene? >> no. >> is there two crime scenes on south lincoln road? >> there are actually three. >> plus one in huntsville? >> plus one in huntsville. >> what's the geographic
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distance to huntsville, sheriff, from here? >> approximately 20 miles. >> three scenes on lincoln road, are they close to one another? >> yes. >> across the street, would that be accurate to say? >> they're in relation to each other. thank you very much. >> thank you, sheriff. >> okay. the sheriff there speaking in tennessee t is sheriff murray blackwelder. i need to get some clarification on what he said. he said there were three crime scenes and one of them included huntsdzville, alabama, the other one in fayettesville, tennessee. i want to get clarification on where the third crime scene. it could be two on one street or two in one yeah in the same time. we picked him up mid plaus there, but had she talking about these murders that happened. five bodies apt one scene, one body at another. on the alabama/tennessee border right there. so happening in both states. he says they're gathering evidence now, they have not
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identify the victim, they have not released the names, they do have a person in custody. that's the breaking news in all of this. a person in cust di, but he would not say who that person was or if that person had been charged with anything. we're going to continue to update you on this developing story and try to get clarification on how many crime scenes. why so many? what went on? and why so many bodies? okay, onto other news now, a american fighter jet crashed in afghanistan early this morning, killing the two-man crew there. the air force said the f-15 eagle was apparently not hit by enemy fire. investiga investigators nowing at the crash site in the ghazni province to determine if mechanical problems doomed the flights. 50 coalition troops have been killed in afghanistan so far in july, already the deadliest month of the war for those nato forces. forces in iran used tear gas allegedly beating and arresting 40 people. the demonstrators were hauled
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away in marked car, including a human rights loimplt the crackdown came as ralis will and a powerful cleric called for the release of prisoners arrested during last month's election fallout. the protestors believe more than 2,000 people are still behind bars after the highly contested vote that gave incumbent mahmoud ahmadinejad a landslide victory in that election. in jakarta, indonesia, another body has been uncovered. surveillance video shows a man pulling a suitcase, just before a blinding blast. look at that moments later, another bomb ripped right through part of the ritz carlton hotel there. is no claim of responsibility but suspicion are rising that the blasts were masterminded by a militant malaysian fugitive. harrisbuillary clinton's fi,
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mumb mumbai, where she eulogized the people killed in the bloody hotel siege last november. she said this week's bombings in jakarta, indonesia, are tragically timely reminders to stay vigilant. clinton will meet with indian le leaders monday when she hopes to announce military and nuclear agreements. an outpouring of condolences and memories for walter cronkite too died yesterday. he wasn't just an old school newsman, he was the school. >> reporter: for so long, for so many of us, he was the most trusted man in america. >> and that's the way it is it. >> reporter: walter kron cite covered the world in an age of fewer channels and fewer are newscastes, he changeded the world as well. >> looking back on it, i was so lucky, i just happened to fall into the right things at the right time and it worked beautifully. >> reporter: he was born walter lay land cronkite junior isn't 16. he was a beat reporter in 1939
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when the first troops stormed normandy, he was there. >> as dwight eisenhower told me sitting op this wall over here on the 20th anniversary of d-day, he thinks as of the grandchildren these young kids will never have and that's something for all of us to think about. >> reporter: when we think about walter cronkite and the generations broadcast journalists will continue to, he with about his tenure at cbs, company he joined in 1950, 12 years later, he became the anchor of the "cbs evening news." in that chair in that role, he came to define what an anchor was. he told america the way it was. who can forget november 22, 1963, cronkite report and reacted to the horror in dallas. >> from dallas, texas, the flash apparently official, president kennedy died at 1:00 p.m. central standard time, 2:00
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eastern standard time, some 38 minutes ago. >> reporter: in 1968 after returning from a trip to vietnam, his conclusions may have helped alter the kofrs history it. >> seems now more certain than ever that the bloody experience of vietnam is to end in a stalemate. >> reporter: the opinion reached president johnson, who reportedly said, if i've lost cronkite, i've lost middle america. >> his approach to news was, when news happens, get as close to the story as you possibly can and then tell people about it in language that they can understand. walter spoke like the average person. it wasn't all literary, flowery kind of language. people don't talk that way. and walter didn't either. >> reporter: walter, it seemed, was always there. for the moon landing. >> man on the moon. oh, boy! >> thank you. >> whew, boy. >> we're going to be busy for a minute. >> reporter: for watergate, for mideast peace breakthrough. humble, honest, straightforward and never made himself a story
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even on a winter day in 1981 when he sat in the chair for the last time. >> old anchormen don't fade away. they keep coming back for more. that's the way it is, friday, march 6, 1981. i'll be on assen gnts. >> reporter: good night, mr. cronkite. good night and god speed. anderson cooper, cnn, new york. well, president barack obama talks about the death of walter cronkite. plus a normer executive producer of the cbs news will join us to talk live. also priest opens his church gym to give children a place to be on friday night. now two children are shot. >> i'm hurt and i'm angry. our kids are being shot up all over this damn city. >> father michael flager in chicago. the music never die, the sales of michael jackson's cds
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are now dominating billboard music charts. also time for you to weigh in. twit, facebook, my. space. c i haven't been twittering lately. taking a much needed break. we're back in a moment.
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call 1-800-skymiles to apply. this is the official card... of the world's largest airline. walter cronkite touched more lives than almost anyone else of his generation. president barack obama spoke for millions as he offered his remembrance.
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>> he cheered with every american when we went to the moon, boldly exploring a new frontier and brought us all those stories large and small which would come to define the 20th century. that's why we loved walter. because in an era before blogs, e-mail, cell phones and cable, he was the news. >> cronkite was with cbs for more than 30 years heshs made a lasting impression on everyone who worked with him. here's former cbs news producer susan zarinske. >> what cronkite embodies was the core values of any young journalist. it was an unbelievable time during watergate, he was coming down and anchoring specials, but what was striking about the time was the impaktsd a single voice could have. "the washington post," network television was on night after night. those of us that grew up in that
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era saw the impact that this single man had. people were trusting this man like no one else that had come in. we were in there living room, walter came into your living room. and yet walter was not about flash. walter was about the story. >> well, during the final years that cronkite anchored the news, sanford sokola was the producer. he called you sandy. >> yes. >> are you doing okay today? >> yes, i'm just fine. >> missing your friend though, i'm sure. >> oh, yes, oh, yes, it's a big void, not just in my life but many, many others. >> it's amazing how many people he influenced. i remember as a little boy going home and watching television and having him on the evening news and he was a fixture there forever. he was the anchorman really that most anchorman model themselves
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after. everybody got something from him. >> you know, i think it's fair to say, he invented the craft. he invented the position. he didn't invent the title. there are three executives who claim credit for the title. we'll never know which one deserves it. but he was the first anchorman. and he became the dominant anchorman and theory behind being an anchorman was that this was the person who held a particular story together, who made sense out of what happened before, what came now and what happened tomorrow or the next day. >> i have toll you, this is just a little bit funny anecdote. i didn't know him personally but when i went in to get read glasses at my local optometrist. i said i like those. he they said the walter cronkite? so he influenced me in that way. >> there was a whole story about those glasses. we spent i don't know how much time, effort, money, getting class glasses that weren't reflective. the technology we had took over
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the evening muss is much cruder than it exists today and we couldn't find glasses that reflect -- his glasses reflected glare. it was a torturous, torturous system. we finally did get glasses that worked, but my god, it took a lot of time and a lot of money. >> you know what? s that's standard now that you can get them because those were part of these. are ones you have to buy them. they call them when you go in there, the cronkites. so listen, you spend a lot of time working with hem personally. what kind of a guy was he? was he mild mannered? just what you see is what you get? same thing on television? >> well, no, no, no, that's not exactly right. when you see on the air was a very dower business-like except for these various episodes you're showing about man on the moon and kennedy death, he was kind of above the fray.
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he was somebody who exsuude he knew more than you did and you were learning from him because he had something to teach you and to pass yn to you. off camera, he was an entirely different sort of personality. i mean at staff parties every year, he would do a mock strip tease based on his memory of a strip tease lady he was in love with from afar. as he was growing up in the midwest. i mean he never took any clothes off, of coursing but he did all the wiggles that went with the act. he was fun off camera. but he thought that his role on camera was much too serious to make any sort of fun about. >> do you hi he would mind you sharing that story with the world? >> too late now. >> yeah. well, we will miss him and we appreciate you coming n we appreciate your candor and your sense of humor, all right.
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best of luck to you. condolence. >> thank you. >> sandy socolow, ep, executive producer for walter cronkite for years and years. well have more of the reaction to the death of walter cronkite. former cbs reporter gordon joseloff will join us to remember the legendary anchor. 4 years and 200 spauks later it is still thrilling to watch. the first space walk, guess who reported that? live pictures from the international space station we're giving you right now. we'll carry you there, even more so live right here in the "newsroom." hey, jacqui. >> we're tracking a couple of big weather stories today. first of all, do you love the weather? is it gorgeous across mecost of the country a little something brewing in the tropics. plus, are you spending any time in the garden? we'll check in with my recession garden right after the break. introducing new () tums dual action. this tums goes to work in seconds
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all right, two astronauts are hard at work high above earth at this hour. they are attaching what amounts to a porch on the side of the space station to be used for outdoor experiments. how cool is that? there are a record 13 astronauts currently aboard the shuttle "endeavour" and the international space station. it is the 201st space walk by u.s. astronauts since the apollo 11 mission 40 years ago this monday. you know, jacqui, there are
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still people who believe that wasn't real. >> i kind of have to laugh at that, yeah. >> isn't that weird? >> i do think that's a little bit weird. i didn't know there were 13 of them on there. that seems crowded. >> there's that wide shot, we're hanging out in the weather center, but should i bring my coffee and we'll just hang out. >> come on over. >> i'll come hang out with you. >> we'll do our vegetables afterwards and hang out. but first, we'll talking about the great weather we've been having across the country. pretty much everybody east of the rockies with the exception of florida. north florida not too bad but the temperatures this morning are just abnormally cool. so much so we had quite a few records. here's a sampling of the records, 12 of them overall. 46 in valentine, nebraska. 49 in cedar rapids. 54 in cincinnati and 59 in huntsville, a very powerful cold front dropped through the region and is going to continue to sink to the south and kind of stall
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out a little bit. this going to tick around at least through monday so more record lows can be expected over the next couple of days. let's show you what's going on in terms of showers and thunderstorms. not a heck of a lot. one area we're watching from new mexico to texas and colorado where we have a threat of severe weather. we talked a little bit tropics an i want to show you disturbed weather heading towards the caribbean but they are heading to an area that whose strong wind shear. so the spnl less than 30% or very low that either of these -- but just to put it in perspective, this time last year, i'll come over there with you. >> i wanted to play with this. >> we had our first storm cristobal. >> you're like samantha stevens. >> this is your escape button. if you get lost. that's the magic button right there. >> i'm like the cool kids now. did you finish talking about the
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weather down? >> i did. >> you did? >> i did, but the weather is great this weekend to do a little gardening, perhaps. >> is this really your strawberry? >> that's really my strawberry. i was surprised to see it this morning because it's past the peak of strawberries. is it sour or sweet? >> no, it's really sweet. >> for those of you who haven't been watching us. eat as much you want. leave me one tomato i'm going to put it on my salad later. a lot of people are gardening this season. garden sales are up by 30%. a lot of people are trying to do this to save money and eat more organically so we planted a guard ton see whether or not we could save in money and things have been going pretty good so far however no guaarden is witht its troubles. >> what is this, mint? >> no, basil. that's from the story. >> what is this? >> parsley. >> it's been about two months months since we planted our recession garden and as you can series, made a lot of progress. already picked some vegetables,
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sugar snap peas, strawberries and also tomatoes are just about ready to be picked but it hasn't been without problems. so our garden expert walter reeves is here to join us and help us with a little bit of troubleshooting. >> jacqui, i am so proud of you. we've got tomatoes, talk to me about the straw berries you harvested. sugar snap piece, you've done a fabulous job. >> but it hasn't been all peaches and roses since this time, i've had problems with animal, we put up the chicken wire. pests, the number one frustration of gardeners, my husband and i had to invest $10 rabbits and squirrels and $5 for bird netting. >> how about the bugs, any problems? >> i did, but i made a good decision about this, i was not able to get ahold of you because you were out of town so i did some research on the internet
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and a lot of people will use that as a valuable resource to help them for troubleshooting. i learned that i can just take a little bit of dish soap and some water and that will help take care of aphids. they were little tiny green bugs all over the sugar snap peas. a big no-no according reeves, the dish soap i used has detergent in it. >> that will burn the cells of your plants, that's why i'm seeing damage down here. you should have used a soap. >> reporter: or better yet, he suggested an organic insecticide. reeves said you should tour your garden every day to look for problems. >> if you find an insect chewing on the leaves or boring into the st stem, identify it and then use the appropriate means to control t you can use organic as well as synthetic ways to control in seconds. many times just picking off the leaf and discarding it is the best thing do first, but if it's a spreading disease there are organic ways to control it as well as synthetic pesticides that will control it too. >> reporter: the next concern i have has to do with the discoloration of these plants,
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like the green beans and peppers, they're producing green beans. >> sure, sure. >> they great but sickly in terms of the leaves. >> if you put your hand to your ear, you can them talking to you and saying please feed me. >> reporter: reeves suggests fertilizing your garden every three weeks throughout the summer. thanks, walter. >> you bet. >> so we'll continue to keep you update and a we'll find out whether or not we saved that money and just how many vegetables and fruit we gather. >> don't eat all of them. it's part of my dinner. >> he's nibbling on all of our stuff here. i'm going to try and dry out basil. not everybody has a walter reeves at home to help them out and the internet is such a wonderful resource. also go to the garden center,
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local nursery, a lot of them have informational booths are they'll just have an expert that's there on hand that you can ask questions if you start to have some of these problems which can be very common. in fact, as i was picking this parsley, i found a slug. another new critter. >> that's part of t little soap shavings, not dish washing soap. >> he kind scolded me for that. so make sure your information comes from reputable place. >> i've heard bleach and water and you can get rid of fungi. moving along -- did you hear them? thanks a lot jacqui, i look forward to more food from you. president obama promised better health care but congress is making it hard for him to keep it. >> every friday night, we open up our arc of safety. the reason we have it open is for kids to be safe on friday nights.
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also some terrifying challenges to the good deeds of a priest, two teenagers shot outside a church. what is going on? i think i'll go with the preferred package.
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president barack obama's ambitious timetable to reform the nation's health care system has gotten a reality check. lawmakers on capitol hill and even some in his own party are increasingly concerned with the high cost of reform. elaine quijano is at theous with an update. elaine? >> don, amid a slew of political challenges, president obama is trying to step up the pace on health care reform. as president obama try rallying lawmakers behind health care reform, he repeated a pledge meant to ease not just republican concerns over costs. >> i want to be very clear, i will not sign onto any health care plan that adds to our deficit over the decades. >> reporter: he called for the for the house and senate to pass bills by august, a goal that a
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bipartisan group of senators is too ambitious in a letter to le leadership, the senators requested additional time to work on health care reform, calling it critical to achieving a bipartisan result. on cnn's "american morning," senator ben nelson explained why he signed the request. >> we're creating an impossibility to perform and that's very, i think, damaging to the process. >> reporter: the president's hope an august timetable was dealt another blow after the nonpartisan congressional budget office estimated the house democrats legislation would add a whopping $239 billion to the deficit over the next ten years. the soaring cost, just one reason why the republicans oppose the democrats' plan. >> what americans do not want is a government takeover of health care that will jeopardize their current coverage, ration care and create mountains of new debt and higher tax. >> reporter: but for the white
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house, the real fight is securing support among some key democrats. >> my son has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. he's 4. >> reporter: some of those lawmakers are the targets of a must ad by the democratic national committee urging them to support health care reform. president obama will try to keep the momentum on health care going. on wednesday, he's expected to focus on the issue during a prime time news conference. and he's also heading to cleveland, ohio, for a health care event on thursday. don? >> all right, elaine, thank you very much, elaine quijano at the white house. a quick reminder for you. you can watch president barack obama's news conference live next wednesday night at 9:00 eastern right here on cnn. also ahead, a look at the first african-american president's visit to africa. anderson cooper takes at historic journey with president barack obama. that's an ac 360 special tonight only here on cnn. it's supposed to be a place of safety, a place for kids to go in a neighborhood, in a city grappling with a wave of violence. last night in chicago, a frightening reminder that no
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place is truly safe. here's ben bradley of wls in chicago. >> on the doorstep of a church that prides itself in being a sanctuary from violence, two teens are shot. >> everyone was running, screaming, people were just outside talking and everyone was like, oh my gosh, crying. >> it was 6:30 and the gym was busy with teens playing basketball when a 15 and 17-year-old stepped outside and sb an all ttercation with other >> i just heard him say, y'all not going to do anything to me. myself. you're trying to prove that he was tough. and he ended up getting him shot. >> every friday night we open up our arc of safety. the reason we have it open is for kids to be safe on friday nights. >> reporter: the priest who has crusaded against gangs and gun, this is the first time anyone has dared open fire on his
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block. >> there wasn't an altercation that occurred inside of the gym but when they got outside on the sidewalk, they got into an argument, some kind of verbal argument with these offenders and shots were fired. >> i'm hurt and i'm angry. our kids are being shot up all over this damn city. >> i've never seen father pfleger. reach out ant calling, if you're watching, father, call me back, i want to get you on to talk about this. there was a prayer vigil for the four wounded teens earlier today. at least report, one of them hass has been treat and released from the hospital. the other remains in stable condition tonight. the music never dies. sales of michael jackson's cds are dominating billboard music charts. we'll show you how michael's music lives on. be proactive about your health with... this great-tasting chewable fiber supplement harnesses the goodness of real fruits and vegetables
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dance. i remember when i sat and waited for this song to come out and this video. it was amazing. michael jackson "thriller" is the biggest selling album of automatic time, still selling big. this iconic video raised the bar from music videos from that point on. it's going to be another two weeks before we know exactly what killed michael jackson. los angeles county coroner said it is going to take longer than expected to complete the autopsy report. in the meantime, jackson's ex-wife debbie rowe and his mother are trying to work out custody of the children. a hearing has been delayed another week while lawyers for jackson and rowe work to avoid a court battle on that. well the controversy keeps growing and so does michael jackson's estate 9 million records sold in three weeks. michael jackson's on the fast track to best selling artist of the year. he's not even with us. that's right. the late michael jackson, best selling artist of the year. accord billboard, 1.1 million of
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those sales happened within a week. "rolling stone" magazine is doing a commemorative issue of michael jackson. and anthony dekurt cities a contributing editor there. he joins us now. anthony has three best selling albums in the country are michael jackson's right. >> yep. >> are you surprise about this huge increase in sales after his death? >> well, you know, death is the big driver of sales as it happens in the music industry. fans re-engage the music and go out and buy it because michael was the biggest selling artist of all time, it's bigger than it has been and will continue to be. >> we get the ratings and the bi billboard and all that stuff, sometimes it comes overnight. i think it was midnight this came in from soundscan or whatever. and i said wow, it's been two weeks, you know and still number one. but increase from the week before how long do you think we can expect this to go on? >> well, some of that depends. it's going to go on for a while, there's no doubt because michael
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jackson is not going to not be in the news, but i think some of the it depends on how well his music is handled. you know, they've been finding some new music, some of it is out on the internet, if some of that stuff starts appearing. if his music is repackaged in ways that consumers like, this is going to go on for a while. >> i think it's like the top 12 album, but my question to you is immediately i thought the record are industry is hurting with downloads. who's buying, who's going to brick and mortar stores and buying cds? maybe inlt only who's doing it, but very few people are these days, so this is really good jolt for the music industry. >> indeed. in fact, statistic is something like four out of five in the united states at least of the people who have been buying these albums have been buying cds. are not downloading them. people wanl that kind of commemorative aspect, too. they want the physical thing. they want in some way to connect
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with michael jackson. you know, directly and that way as well as in hearing the music. >> john lennon, the beatles, do you remember anything like this -- what is similar? >> there is a desire on the part of fans, i think, that spurred sales upon the death of an important artist. in mike kehm's case, it's also driven, a, he's a huge commercial artist. an then also for 15 years or association michael jackson was a punchline. people sort of forgot how great he is. so now when they hear that music, like people do pieces on cd or elsewhere, they think wow, i forgot how amazing that was. and that's part of what's driving this. people are rediscovering how great michael jackson is. >> it's very interesting. i was just wondering, i wonder if the music industry can learn anything from this, you know what i mean? i hate to say capitalize on it -- >> oh, believe me. >> they're trying to figure it out. i don't have to worry about. >> that absolutely.
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don't lose any sleep over that. >> anthony decurtis we appreciate it. >> thank you very much. >> can we get that "thriller" video back? we do have it. all right, back to the "newsroom" now. fredricka whitfield. show me the dance we were doing back then. >> really? i rehearsed this. i used to do this a lot. wait a minute. dunchts have the red jacket. >> wait a minute, can i hear the music? i need the music to make me move here. ♪ >> how's that? >> more dancing in the "newsroom" when we come back. als you choose the fabric we custom make it always with free design service.
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wolf blitzer, what do you have for us, sir? >> thanks very much, don. coming up at the top of the hour, harrison schmitt, he was one of the first men on the moon. also, dianne feinstein, lots to discuss, what's going on in the world. the cia, terror threats, among other subjects. and bob woodward of the "washington post," he's just back from afghanistan where there are deep concerns about the future. all that, don, and a lot more coming up in "the situation room" at the top of the hour. >> looking forward to it, wolf. thank you, sir. time now for your feedback. a lot of people are talking about walter cronkite. >> i remember his reports from vietnam. they were riveting. i loved his signoff. i remember getting real news from walter cronkite, something we're not getting now on any of the networks. i love your walter cronkite
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all right. brad pitt, high-ticket kit guru? yes, he is featured wearing a bluetooth ear piece and answering burning questions of our time, such as, what is the proper etiquette for using a
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cell phone in the rest room. our josh levs has been reviewing it. that's an old bluetooth. that one is kind of outdated. >> what are you show something. >> my new iphone. >> what are you doing? >> i'm recording you. >> talking about etiquette, are you supposed to do that during a reporter's shot? someone call brad pitt, please. >> that bluetooth -- what do you call that ear piece? >> i don't know. completely lost what we're talking about, folks. >> i love it. i used to hate them. >> congratulations. people have got to be so confused right now. you're confusing everybody. take a look. have you seen this picture? >> go ahead. >> take a look here. have you seen this picture of brad pitt? it is one of the most popular stories right now on cnn, because we need rules, right? check out this one. i'll explain what we're talking about here. check this out. this is the story right here. base cliff the idea is he, as
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part of the promotion of his new movie has hooked up with with wire magazine. they've put this how to behave, they've put together, it's sarcastic, not real. take a look at this. they took questions from people about technology etiquette. like if you're playing "rock band" is it okay to fire your friends, he says, go for it. this is my favorite one. a shot at the movies. they ask him, is it okay to answer your cell phone at the movies. he says, no, you shouldn't answer your cell phone because what if someone is trying to take an illegal video of the movie, you'll destroy their bootleg video. it's sarcastic, people are loving it. one of the top stories on and now that video on this thing is probably going to end up on his blog. >> you think so? what about road etiquette? >> road etiquette? check that out,


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